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Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

Posted by tripleione 6b (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 14:09

These little "weeds" are growing all around my yard. I don't recognize the foliage, but it grows kind of like a pea plant. It has little vines on the end that wrap around other plants and fencing to climb.

I would like to know what this plant is because the bees here seem to absolutely adore it. They always try to get pollen from the little purple flowers on this plant before any of the other flowers in the back yard (the front yard is a whole different story).

The plant itself is very easy to pull up from any place I don't want it to grow, so it is very manageable.

Thanks for any help!

This post was edited by tripleione on Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 14:12


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RE: Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

I think this a picture of the leaves


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RE: Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

This is a bunch of it that was kind of climbing up my gutter.


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RE: Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

Looks like some type of vetch (Vicia sp.). Don't know where you are, but maybe spring vetch (V. lathyroides)?
hortster


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I'm in the mountains of North Carolina


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The USDA plants database shows that species present in NC. You might google and compare.
hortster


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I don't think it's spring vetch. The flowers are similar but spring vetch (at least the one I have in my yard) doesn't vine. This reminds me of scurfy pea... not sure if that's native in NC.

Here is a link that might be useful: scurfy pea


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RE: Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

I don't think it's that much more attractive pea plant. Whatever it is, it grows in our yard too. If left alone, it will make really hard seed pods that sound like tiny gravel when a patch of this is mowed. All you have to do to have more is nothing, let it make seeds.


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RE: Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

Looks like Vicia sativa, Common Vetch.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vicia sativa


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RE: Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

I think you are right, flora. Thanks for all the responses, everyone.


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